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Old 12-05-07, 04:36 PM
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I explained that he could never pay me enough cash for the amount of work I had put into that bike and the only way to compensate me for it was to ride the hell out of it.
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Old 12-05-07, 04:48 PM
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Here's how I received it:


Here's how it left, with its' new owner:
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Old 12-05-07, 09:41 PM
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The red housing on those chrome schwinns is really really great. and that maroon miyata is super classy.
All these bikes are swell looking. nice work!
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1978(?) Schwinn Collegiate before ($6.88 at thrift) & after...
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Old 12-05-07, 10:09 PM
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This is now my "new" favorite thread!
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Old 12-05-07, 11:59 PM
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I hardly ever take the before pictures, but here are a few I did and could find.

before:


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Old 12-06-07, 06:30 AM
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Ok, it's not a vintage roadie but....


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Old 12-06-07, 07:06 AM
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'89 Pinarello Montello

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Old 12-06-07, 08:03 AM
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Great thread. I'll have to get out my camera and take some shots of my bikes.
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I kind of liked the rear fender - why'd you ditch it?

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Ok, it's not a vintage roadie but....


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I kind of liked the rear fender - why'd you ditch it?
Lotsa reasons. No front fender for balance, reflector riveted on and detracts from the lines, fender too short it should cover the front of the wheel too, & it's my bike and I didn't want it on. I'm a minimalist.
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Old 12-06-07, 10:42 AM
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Another one from me: a 1970s St. Etienne road bike

After

Nlerner, that's a neat transformation. I love the paint, but the handcrafted wood accessories set it off "just so". Nicely done.
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Originally Posted by Otis View Post


This Gios above is my favorite so far, because it shows the clearest transformation from trash to flash. Some of these bikes don't look all that bad in their before pics!

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Here's mine:

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[QUOTE=sekaijin;5756712]This Gios above is my favorite so far, because it shows the clearest transformation from trash to flash. Some of these bikes don't look all that bad in their before pics!

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The Gios frame was trashed! Brian Baylis painted it for me and he still b****es about how much time it took to get a smooth surface.

I had bought the frame sight unseen and had it sent directly to Brian. I never saw that "before" picture until it was already painted. If I had seen it first I probably would have kept looking for a different frame.

With that said it is really the best old bike I've ever ridden. Might have something to do with it being a perfect fit for me, but I really think they just got the angles right on those.
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I kind of liked the rear fender - why'd you ditch it?
I believe that was a front fender put on the rear for some reason.
It would look silly with the front fender and no rear.
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This Gios above is my favorite so far, because it shows the clearest transformation from trash to flash. Some of these bikes don't look all that bad in their before pics!
You want trash to flash, eh? How about my Mondia?

Before, after tear-down. I received it as a complete bike, but didn't think to take a pic till after I stripped it. Features included crash damage, rust, a heavily corroded top tube, and a cracked head tube. Apparently it was raced hard:


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Old 12-06-07, 03:06 PM
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Old 12-06-07, 03:27 PM
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Originally Posted by ricohman View Post
I believe that was a front fender put on the rear for some reason.
It would look silly with the front fender and no rear.
No. It's a rear fender. The '81 Stingray II's had that wonky fender on them.
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ah, trash to flash, huh? waddabout dis?

Fortunately, Dick Cheney ran over me and then tried to shoot me in the face with his shotgun...the settlement allowed for the stunning restoration.

<edit> of course, it was really my fault...I deserved it, really...</edit>
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ah, trash to flash, huh? waddabout dis?

Fortunately, Dick Cheney ran over me and then tried to shoot me in the face with his shotgun...the settlement allowed for the stunning restoration.

<edit> of course, it was really my fault...I deserved it, really...</edit>
I think someone's been hitting the eggnog a little early.

If I send you a Free Spirit, you think you could do a similar restoration?
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would you rather have a singer or a herse?
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would you rather have a singer or a herse?
Singer s'il vous plaÓt.
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okeydokey. I'll get cheney on the phone.
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okeydokey. I'll get cheney on the phone.
Careful, that crazy mofo dont play no games, fo' real.

Make mine an early De Rosa.
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PS--- I shudder each time I cross Cheney Dr in Paradise Valley. It freaks me a little.
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we're digressing...but he lives just east of here. They close the Snake when he wants to fish. He really is kind of creepy.
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